The Bears Den: March 28, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

Leon Halip

The official couldn't believe Brandon Manumaleuna got a 5 year, $15M deal from the Bears, either.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses the roles the Bears' four new DEs may play, how Jared Allen has fared against the Bears, and Bears players who have worn No. 69.

Emery always looking for answers - Mike Imrem: One of the hardest tricks in sports is to make over a team while trying to contend for a championship at the same time. Phil Emery is attempting to pull that one off.

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Jared Allen signing: more reaction & analysis

Long happy to have Allen as teammate - Kyle Long looks forward to learning from Jared Allen as a teammate, and talks about the offseason workouts in Florida. [Audio]

[Video] NFL Network - Mark Potash joins NFL AM to explain how much the addition of Jared Allen improves the Bears defense and how the signing will affect their draft strategy.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Do the Bears have a better D-line now? Adam Hoge: Allen had 26.5 more disruptions than Peppers in 2013, according to STATS.

[Video] - Matt Bowen: Jared Allen's signing further bolsters the D-line and frees the Bears to target the secondary in the draft.

With Allen, playoffs in play for Bears - Mike North: The acquisition of Jared Allen looks like it will help heal an ailing and broken Bears defense; look for them to make the playoffs if they stay healthy.

Allen's contract breakdown - Dan Durkin: Essentially a two-year contract with $15.5 million guaranteed, yet another shrewd move by Emery and Cliff Stein.

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Bearsss

Better to add on than rebuild for Trestman - Dan Wiederer: Bears coach likes that he's not starting from scratch with his offense on firm footing heading into the 2014 season.

Cutler, Bears primed to realize full potential in 2014 - Adam Schein: The Bears have whipped up a splendid free agency feast, with Jared Allen as the cherry on top, and are primed for a big 2014 campaign -- if Jay Cutler can take the next step.

Who[m - Den] will the Bears have back up Cutler? - Right now that man is Jordan Palmer; the CSNChicago panel discuss, with [Video]. Dan Wiederer: Trestman's prerequisites for backup QB.

Marshall not worried about extension - Brandon Marshall says he's not concerned about entering the final year of his current contract, wants to stay with the Bears and doesn't aim to break the bank in doing so.

Team report - Adam Hoge looks at roster questions that have been answered with recent moves, questions that remain, and answers a few readers' Qs.

Dan Pompei's Q&As - MSU's Max Bullough for Bears' MLB? ... Terelle[sic] Pryor to the Bears? ... Would Bears pass on TE Eric Ebron in the draft?

Bears free agency - Jeff Dickerson pitches in with a couple of contenders for the team's best and worst FA signings in the past five years.

Mock Draft - Dan Durkin: Glaring needs remain at FS, 3-Tech and, to a lesser extent, CB. With Clinton-Dix off the board, Donald is the logical choice.

Mock Draft - Mike Tanier, Dan Pompei and Russ Lande pick Gilbert, Donald and Donald for the Bears.

2014 NFL free agency grades - Doug Farrar hands out grades for each team. Bears get a B+. AFC team grades.

Draft preview - Brent Sobleski's top 10 cornerback prospects for the 2014 NFL draft.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Polish sausage

X&Os - Matt Bowen: How realistic is it for NFL clubs to copy what the Seahawks did from a defensive perspective?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Johnny Jolly, Ryan Pickett remain on Packers' radar. Bigger roles for Hayward, Hyde?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling reviews the Vikings' 2007 draft, in which they landed the other Adrian Peterson.

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Harsh.

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